Establish Paternity, Custody, Visitation & Support

 

  • You want a court order that declares paternity and legal decision  making (custody), parenting time and (optionally) child support, AND,
  • Paternity has not already been legally established for at least one of the children to be named in the court order, AND
  • The same person is the father of all children to be included in the court order, AND
  • The minor child(ren) resided (lived) in Arizona at least 6 months  before you file the petition or you talked to a lawyer who advised you  that even so you could pursue the case in Arizona.

Custody, Visitation & Child Support

You are the natural or adoptive parent of the minor child(ren) AND,You are NOT legally married to the other parent*, AND
PATERNITY HAS ALREADY BEEN ESTABLISHED BECAUSE:You already have a court order establishing paternity, OR you have a court order for child support OR,Both parents signing an Acknowledgment of Paternity through the Hospital Paternity Program or other means provided by law, and a birth certificate listing the name of the father was issued as a result, ANDYou want a court order concerning your minor children declaring their primary residence, who has authority to make legal decisions concerning the children, time each parenting is to have with the children, and (optionally) child support, or you have a support order already (in which case the court will review the order if it orders custody and legal decision making) AND,The minor child(ren) resided (lived) in Arizona at least 6 months (or since birth if younger than 6 months) before you file the petition or you talked to a lawyer who advised you that even so you could pursue the case in Arizona.* If you ARE legally married to the other parent, you may obtain Legal Decision Making (Custody) as part of an action for legal separation or divorce A.R.S. § 25-401(B)